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Motorcyclist wraps up trip, tags favorite Winchester, USA

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

Jackie Battles of Winchester, Va., can now mark one off his bucket list. He can brag that he has set foot in every one of the 23 other “Winchesters” in the United States, including the one in Tennessee. Battles’ visit to Franklin County on July 7 included a brief stop in the The Herald Chronicle news office and a photo shoot in front of City Hall before he headed south

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  • New sign ordinance to offer more options

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:03 am


    Changes the Winchester City Council is considering to a downtown overlay ordinance will be geared to allow business to have up to three signs, one more than currently allowed. A workshop was held this past week at the Winchester Annex building that brought more issues to the table on how the overlay district ordinance should be changed. Even though it has been a controversial topic in recent years, Winchester is

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  • Highway Dept. seeking grant for UTSI road project

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Long awaited paving on Ridge Road, just west of Winchester was recently completed. Ridge Road is one of several badly deteriorated roadways that were scheduled for paving, following the approval of a $3 million bond issue to improve roads in the county. In addition to the bond issue the Highway Department hopes to receive a grant that it recently applied for that will allow them to improve UTSI Road.

    The Franklin County Highway Department has applied for a half million-dollar grant through The Federal Lands Access Program to improve, widen and add bicycle lanes to a 2.672-mile stretch of UTSI road. The grant would provide $457,696.26 for the project and the County would be responsible for the remaining $114,424.07 of the total $572.120.33. The Franklin County Finance Committee and County Commission approved of the project and agreed to the

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Future home of ERPUD offices in Winchester

Safety concerns prompt ERPUD to relocate Winchester facility

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

The Elk River Public Utility District will soon have a new Winchester office. The board of commissioners gave the go-ahead to ERPUD management in March to proceed with the purchase of a $250,000 United Bank-owned vacant lot on the corner of Dinah Shore Blvd. and Chamber Way for the construction of a new office nearer downtown Winchester. The move represents an eight-block location shift south from 1416 Dinah Shore Blvd.

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  • FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Installation of new HVAC unit

    The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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  • Franklin County receives nearly $500,000 in grants – Winchester downtown phase five on tap

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:43 am


    Christmas might be five months away, but it came early to Winchester, Decherd, Franklin County and Tims Ford State Park Monday when Gov. Bill Haslam announced that they are getting nearly a combined $500,000 in Tennessee grant money. The funds are being appropriated through the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and the money will go toward revitalizing Winchester’s downtown area, lighting Decherd’s

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